David H. Saltzman


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1993
  • AB, with Highest Distinction, University of Michigan, 1989; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Massachusetts, 2012
  • New York, 1998
  • International Fiscal Association; Chair, New England Region of U.S. Branch (2018-2020)
  • New York State Bar Association - Tax Section
  • Boston Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyer in America (2018-2019)
  • Legal 500 (2014, 2016-2018)

David H. Saltzman


David Saltzman concentrates his practice on international tax matters. He advises multinational business enterprises, financial institutions, investment funds and global investors on the international and domestic tax aspects of cross-border private equity transactions, M&A, and business restructurings. Well-versed in innovative, multi-jurisdictional capital financing structures, David also regularly counsels clients on the tax aspects of financial products, capital markets transactions and investments in U.S. and non-U.S. real estate.


Recent transactions include:

  • Represented Shire plc in connection with its $32 billion combination with Baxalta, a business spun out of Baxter International, for a combination of cash and stock.
  • Acted for Pfizer in its $14 billion acquisition of Medivation, a commercial-stage oncology company and in its $17 billion acquisition of Hospira, Inc, as well as in related asset dispositions.
  • Acted for Bain Capital in connection with its sale of Blackhawk Specialty Tools, a provider of equipment and services to the oil and gas industries, to Frank’s International, the Dutch oil services company.
  • Acted for TPG in its $8 billion sale of Par Pharmaceutical to Dublin based global specialty pharmaceutical company, Endo International plc, for a combination of cash and stock.
  • Acted for Altice SA in connection with the U.S. $8.6 billion bank and bond financing and related debt and equity issuances in connection with Altice’s acquisition of a majority ownership in Cablevision, a U.S. cable systems operator.
  • Represented Dunkin Brands, Inc. on its $2.6 billion whole-business securitization.
  • Represented Mattress Firm, the largest U.S. speciality mattress retailer, in connection with its $4 billion sale to South African based international retailer, Steinhoff International.
  • Acted for Cubist in its sale to Merck for $9.5 billion; previously acted in its simultaneously announced acquisitions of Trius, Optimer, and Adolor, each for cash and contingent value rights as well as in its $1.25 billion convertible note offering.
  • Acted for Shire plc in its acquisition of Dyax Corp. for $5.9 billion and contingent value rights.
  • Acted for the ad hoc committee of Senior Unsecured Noteholders of Towergate Insurance, a leading UK insurance intermediary, in connection with its financial restructuring.

Other recent cross-border matters include:

  • Acted for Bain Capital, as selling shareholder, in the initial public offering of Japanese restaurant chain Skylark Co., Ltd., which valued the company at approximately $2 billion. The transaction was awarded the “2015 Equity Deal of the Year” by the ALB. Previously acted in the acquisition of Skylark Co. Ltd., which was the Asian Legal Business 2012 “Debt Market Deal of the Year.” 

  • Acted for Liberty Global plc in connection with the bank and bond financings for its $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media Inc.
  • Acted for Bain Capital in the sale of Domino’s Pizza Japan, Domino's Australia, and the sale of 49.9% of Bellsystem24 to Itochu Corporation.
  • Acted for longtime client Genzyme Corporation, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, in a variety of tax matters, including, its sale to Sanofi-Aventis for $20.1 billion in cash plus CVRs.
  • Represented the selling shareholders and Mexican based satellite and communications provider Satelites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. in its 2014 sale to Eutelsat S.A.  Previously, represented an ad hoc committee of Second Priority Senior Secured Noteholders in the restructuring of Satelites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. through a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan, which was honored as “Deal of the Year 2011” by Latin Lawyer Magazine.
  • Acted for Novavax in its cross-border tender offer for the outstanding shares of Isconova, a Sweden-based public vaccine adjuvant company.
  • Acting for the junior creditors of Peermont Group, a South African developer and operator of hotels, resorts and casinos, in connection with its financial restructuring. 
  • Represented Bain Capital in its $1 billion investment in Genpact, Ltd., a Bermuda organized, NYSE listed, global business process and technology management service provider.
  • Represented TPG Capital in its investment in Saxo Bank, a Danish investment firm.
  • Represented URL Pharma Corp. in its sale for $800 million plus contingent consideration to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. 
  • Represented Ashmore Group plc, the London Stock Exchange listed investment manager, in its acquisition of Emerging Markets Managements. 
  • Acted Bain Capital in connection with its $1.25 billion acquisition of MYOB in one of the largest private equity divestments ever in Australia. MYOB is Australia’s largest business software developer.
  • Represented Russian Standard in connection with its strategic PIPE investment in Central European Distribution Corporation.



  • “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Considerations for Private Equity,” Boston Tax Forum; Boston, Massachusetts (2018)
  • “Reform Under the Trump Administration: What Practitioners Should Expect,” Boston Bar Association; Boston, Massachusetts (2017)
  • “Digital Economy Developments in Colombia, the United States and Latin America,” Joint Meeting of the Colombia and USA Branches of IFA; Bogotá, Colombia (2017) 
  • Speaker, “Into the Wilderness: Wanderings Toward International Tax Reform,” IFA New England Spring Meeting at Suffolk University Law School; Boston, Massachusetts (2017)
  • Speaker, “The House Republicans’ Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax: International Considerations,” International Fiscal Association; Boston, Massachusetts (2017)
  • Speaker, “Strategizing IP Ownership for the C-Suite –Tax Speak for IP Professionals,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Bay Area Chapter; Palo Alto and San Francisco, California (2016)
  • Panelist, “Fiscal Policy Analytics of Treaty Shopping,” National Tax Association’s 108th Annual Conference on Taxation; Boston Massachusetts (2015)
  • “Cross Border M&A,” International Fiscal Association World Congress; Basel, Switzerland (2015)
  • “Controversial International Controversy,” International Fiscal Association; Boston, Massachusetts (2015)
  • “Inversion Transactions: What You Need to Know,” Boston Bar Association; Boston, Massachusetts (2014)
  • “Debt Versus Equity: A Fresh Look at a Classic Question,” Boston Bar Association; Boston, Massachusetts (2011)
  • “Recent Developments in Cross Border Merger Rules” and “The German REIT: Lessons from the U.S.,” German American Lawyers Association; Frankfurt, Germany (2005)
  • “The Societas Europaeas vs. Inspire Art Ltd,” International Bar Association Section on Business Law/American Bar Association Section on Taxation; Zurich, Switzerland (2004)
  • “International Tax Developments,” Committee of Banking Institutions on Taxation; New York, New York (2002) 
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